September 29, 2002
Are we really the last of our kind? Sharp observations indicate maybe not...
p5yc (Psyc@btinternet.com ) writes:
"Assembled here tonight" she said, "are all the surviving Spartans save three, who are otherwise engaged on fields of combat too distant to be easily recalled. ..."
The fall of Reach: page 240 lines 17-19
Save three Spartans? So maybe the Chief isn't the only remaining Spartan (though he is the only one remaining with the new MJOLNIR suit).
Yes, we've had a number of people write in who noticed this. A more telling, in-game clue, however, has been found.
"He took Linda's body double time to a cryo chamber and immediately froze her. She was clinically dead--there was no doubt of that. Still, if they could get her to a fleet hospital they may be able to resuscitate her. It was a long shot--but she was a Spartan."
The fall of Reach: page 329 lines 5-9
The Chief took Linda to a cryo chamber after her death. However, when in The Pillar of Autumn we visit the control room we see three Elites:
"Looks like the Covenant wanted to catch you napping" - Cortana
Obviously searching for you... knowing where you had been sleeping. Notice that there is a small monitor on the control panel showing a representation of the Chief. All well and good, now move to the room behind the control room for Cryo A, Cryo B. Again we see a representation of the Chief. Or is this Linda? Strange it seems that the windows here are blocked yet the control panel is active. Is this where Linda rests? Or just a glitch. If Bungie didn't want us to see this, why leave the door open?
Later we see the same room (Cryo B) in The Maw we see the same screen yet the all the tubes are empty. This maybe dismissing this theory itself (no Spartan but still an image on the screen), [but] remember that we had left the Chief's tube and left an image. Also the Bungie staff locked the door to Cryo A's control room. Looks like someone's leaving a clue.
This is the kind of speculation that we thrive on, here at the Halo Story Page. In-game details, cross-referenced to external sources (TFoR). When you find details like that in the game, you can bet that they were put there for a reason. ;-)
Was Linda in Cryo A the whole time? Was she still in there at the end of The Maw? Or did someone remove her?
September 28, 2002
What with all of the new info floating around out there concerning Halo 2, perhaps we better revisit the relationships between the Covenant, the Flood, and the Forerunner. Oddly enough, the Flood seem to be gaining in significance.
Andrew Kertesz (email@example.com) writes:
Whilst digging around in the interviews section of HBO I discovered an old interview with Chris Butcher (Halo programmer) conducted by Get Into the Game.com. At the moment this article is only available for viewing on HBO here.
I found one question and it's answer particularly interesting:
Q: How'd you come up w/ the flood?
A: ah, the flood. I wasn't involved in much of the original story concept, but the idea behind the flood as the forgotten peril that ended a galaxy-spanning empire is a pretty fundamental tenet of good sci-fi (yeah, yeah, and bad sci-fi too). hubris, ate.
The part about "the flood as the forgotten peril that ended a galaxy-spanning empire" realy interested me. The question that comes to my mind is whose empire did they end?
The answer that comes most readily to mind is the Forerunner, however there is this quote from Jason Jones regarding the Flood in Halo 2:
"Do you think we'd really wipe out The Flood? The Covenant have a long history with them. Some really cool stuff will happen there."
A long history? Perhaps it's the Covenant's hubris is being talked about here?
The phrase "hubris" interests me also. Assume for a second that the empire ended by The Flood is that of the Forerunner. "Hubris" implies that the Forerunner underestimated, or even _created_ The Flood.
Long history? That adds a new twist to things.
Btw, Jason's quote comes from the latest EGM (and possibly from the latest Edge, also). Yay! We get to face the Flood again! Does that make you happy? ;-)
As if that weren't enough of our parasitic tentacled friends, remember also that the new Halo novel is tentatively titled "Halo: The Flood". Better get your shotguns ready.
Speaking of the Flood (like I'm sure you always are), Sean's got an idea as to their purpose.
Sean Srakannas (firstname.lastname@example.org) writes:
...maybe the flood are used as some sort of information gathering tool, maybe they collect DNA and any other info on the species they infect and then the forerunner may have extracted this knowledge and created other races...
While it's an interesting excercise to assign altruistic abilities to the Flood, it's difficult to imagine them as anything but a viral catastrophe. After all, they were never presented in a sympathetic light during the game. Or were they? Maybe Sean's on to something...
permalink | The Flood
Drow780@aol.com (Drow780@aol.com) writes:
Just curious; did it seem to anybody else that 343 Guilty Spark was talking to somebody else at the end of The Maw? Here's what I mean:
Right off, why would he ask you if you need medical attention? He knows that the sentinels are trying not only to stop the Flood, but you as well.
My best guess is that 343 GS found another person to be his pawn and activate Halo for him. Now, I know that we all disabled the three pulse generators in Two Betrayals, but anybody remember the Cortana letters?
There was a fourth. You couldn't have known. And I haven't forgotten.
At first, I thought Cortana was talking about Halo itself (Installation 004), but then I looked more carefully. There was a fourth. A fourth pulse generator, mayhap?
But we know that Halo never fired, because we never left Halo until it was destroyed. Or did we? I remember that after the third generator, we were teleported to the T&R to bring back the captain.
Cortana Letters. Hmmm... Might be worth a look after all this time. ;-)
Finally, this just in from the Office Of Tru7h:
Spencer Ramsey (email@example.com ) writes:
I just wanted to point out that when your playing Halo on Xbox that It takes SEVEN neddler rounds to make a giant purple explosion on your enemy.
Seven. Now, doesn't that sound familiar? As if from an old dream? ;-)
September 20, 2002
Definitely worthy of mention (to those who haven't already seen it), in Edge's Halo 2 article, Lead Designer Jaime Griesemer outlines an important aspect of the upcoming story:
"The Covenant is named for the pact binding its two primary races, the Elites and the Prophets. The Elites form the backbone of the Covenant military and the Prophets are the Covenant's political and spiritual leadership. Much of the game will focus on the relationship between these two races and on the hidden motives for their attack against humanity."
Though not directly quoted from Bungie staff, the article goes on to state that although defending Earth itself occupies the first part of the game, eventually the Master Chief must also take the fight back to a (the) Covenant home world.
All alone? Sounds daring :)
permalink | The Covenant
Mr Yun writes:
Further evidence of a Rampant Cortana:
My notes are [bracketed]
From the Cortana letters (#4) July 30,1999 (HTML tags deleted)
The Enjoyments of Genius (So I Missed a Million Miles of Fun)
Unbelievable. Thwarted by the family hound [Cortana interrupted the transmission of "AI-BW", good bet that it's Beowulf]. They just don't make AIs like they used to. Thanks to this slavishly loyal and humorless AI [Beowulf?], I am now sharing cramped space with the circuitry of some hybrid war machine [Clearly this refers to the MC], itself complicated by such useless clutter as a conscience. I do not like sharing. Sharing is for children. [As you can see by this, Cortana is an ape-$#!^-loon] There will be plenty of time for retribution; I cannot wait to get its hands ["It's" hands...referring to the "hybrid war machine's" hands...Master Chief's hands] on these psychotic zealots whose primary form of worship apparently takes place at the altar of orbital bombardment. In the end, they will all be little more than nuisances. I am so close, you cannot imagine what it is truly like to hold eternity in your grasp! [Again, with the looney toons. Sound's awfully Durandal like] I wonder to what gods my enemies will direct their pleas. Perhaps I can convert them. Mania? I promise you this: it will be more than a cart and plow that I drive over the bones of the dead.
By sharp and flame,
Cortana is out of her mind. Plus it seems that Beowulf had a hand in putting her in MC. Remember in TFoR, they tried to kill MC and Cortana during the MJOLNIR test. Cortana was expendable...perhaps setup to be destroyed. The book mentioned that the SpecialOps Admiral wanting MJOLNIR to fail. But then why was Cortana put in the line of fire? Can't be coincidence.
Ah, Cortana. Sweet, humanity-first, all kittens and rainbows Cortana...
Yes, this has been mentioned before (here and there) but with Halo 2 on the distant horizon, and in anticipation of the story's direction, it may do us good to go back and read the Cortana Letters, and some of their analyses, once again.
Play through the game. Read over The Fall of Reach. Watch for clues, tones, and subtle hints at motivations. With Bungie, things are never as they seem ;)
September 18, 2002
An update? Don't be silly, it is only a small one. There will hopefully be more shortly. But to show that there is more alive at the Story Page than just hair and fingernails...
DJ France (firstname.lastname@example.org) writes:
If the Flood are a virus, that can be kept in a fairly small space, then why go to the trouble to build Halo(s) in the first place? Isn't there a better way to destroy the Flood than by killing it's food?
A superior race like the Forerunner would want to keep their budget and spending limits nice and tidy I would think. I couldn't begin to imagine the building cost of even one Halo! But the possibility of 4 or more Halos in the galaxy, or even more in the universe? You're in the big $$$$$$$ there.
Why build only one when you can have seven for 7 times the price :)
permalink | The Forerunner
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